The Shower


The Shower

Pia Ednie-Brown and Bruce Mowson

(with Tim Schork, Jono Podborsek, Jane Caught and Jon Racek)

1400 x 3000 x 1400

latex, cotton, perspex, felt, rubber, timber, fan, amplifier, speakers, halogen lights, steel wire and fixings.

The Shower, PICA, 2005
Installation view Perth Institute of Contemporary Art 2005

Exhibitions:

Hatched, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2005.

Job Lot #59, Project Space, RMIT, Victoria, 2004 (Curated by Louiseann Zahra)

Review:

Shape shifters

Ted Snell

04jun05

Hatched 05

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, until July 3

Bruce Mowson and Pia Ednie-Brown from RMIT University have installed another environment that one enters with trepidation. The problem they have identified is more solipsistic, requiring their participants to confront their own existence by stepping inside The Shower, a life-size rubber lung suspended from the roof.

Once inside, the latex skin of the booth envelopes you when the air is sucked out with an eerie mechanical whine. The thin walls press against your body until your breathing and your beating heart become intolerable and the claustrophobia drives you out into the relative comfort of the gallery. For the next few minutes the heightened sense of mortality and the mechanics of  respiration deliver the punchline the artists have carefully crafted.

Although very different, these two works deliver a physical and intellectual impact. Whether by using the simplest construction or by engineering a technically sophisticated booth, they have done what we require of art: to make us think, to prick our complacency, to provide a memorable experience and maybe change us forever.